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October-13-09

Pelosi Responds to Sexist GOP Statement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded last Thursday to a Republican press release criticizing her stance to scale back troops in Afghanistan. In a press release, the National Republic Congressional Committee (NRCC) stated, "If Nancy Pelosi's failed economic policies are any indicator of the effect she may have on Afghanistan, taxpayers can only hope McChrystal is able to put her in her place."

Pelosi responded to the statement and said, "I'm in my place -I'm the Speaker of the House, the first woman Speaker of the House, and I'm in my place because the House of Representatives voted me there. But that language is something I haven't heard in decades," according to the Washington Post.

General McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has rejected Pelosi's stance to decrease the number of troops and has called for a counterinsurgency, according to the Associated Press.

Ken Spain, NRCC Communications Director has since defended the organization's stance. The NRCC has added a petition calling to 'Fire Nancy Pelosi'to their website.

Media Resources: Associated Press 10/8/09; Washington Post 10/8/09; National Republican Congressional Committee Press Release 10/6/09, 10/7/09


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